Latin & Greek Manuscripts in Rome

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xc Boezio, De Institutione Musica Italia settentrionale, ultimo quarto del sec. XV Roma, Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana, 36 E 8 Foto © Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

A total of 180 Greek, Roman, Arabic and Hebrew manuscripts will be shown in the Rome’s Accademia dei Lincei’s new exhibition, “I Libri che hanno fatto l’Europa. Manoscritti latini e romanzi da Carlo Magno all’invenzione della stampa”. Manuscripts come from the most prestigious Roman collections: Biblioteca Corsiniana, Angelica,  Casanatense,  Nazionale,  Vallicelliana, and Apostolica Vaticana.

Opening : Thursday, March 31st. Closing on July 21st, 2016.

More info: Press release.

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All about Mantua: Isabella d’Este’s world online


An instrument for scholars, students, and visitors, but also an exercise in imagination, exploration, and critical engagement. All this and much more is IDEA: Isabella d’Este Archive, a project which focuses on one of the most influential figures of the Italian Renaissance, Isabella d’Este (1474-1539).

IDEA offers users around the world new ways to explore the history and culture of early modern Europe through  a digitalized version of Isabella’s letters, music, and art collections, as they evolved during her reign as the marchesa of Mantua. These resources map a world where politics, art, music, family life, business, and social relations intertwined, prior to the modern separation of many of these concerns into separate spheres.

The IDEA Site is currently under construction but some contents are already available. Researches and contributors can join project teams as well as discuss in Forums.


Deanna Shemek, PhD
University of California, Santa Cruz

Anne MacNeil, PhD
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dott. Daniela Ferrari
Ricercatore Indipendente
Già Direttore dell’Archivio di Stato
di Mantova e di Milano

More info & official website:




American Journal of Archaeology (AJA): New issue out

AJA, American Journal of Archaeology: April 2016 issue out.

AJA (American Journal of Archaeology): April 2016 (120.2)

Table of Contents


Reconsidering Technological Transmission: The Introduction of the Potter’s Wheel at Ayia Irini, Kea, Greece (pp. 195–220)

Includes Open Access Supplementary Content

Evi Gorogianni, Natalie Abell, and Jill Hilditch

The Fate of Temples in Noricum and Pannonia (pp. 221–238)

Includes Open Access Supplementary Content

David Walsh


Politics of Periodization and the Archaeology of Early Greece (pp. 239–270)

Open Access

Antonis Kotsonas

Field Reports

The Basilica, Bouleuterion, and Civic Center of Ashkelon (pp. 271–324)

Open Access
Includes Open Access Supplementary Content

Ryan Boehm, Daniel M. Master, and Robyn Le Blanc

Review Articles

Ontology, World Archaeology, and the Recent Past (pp. 325–331)

Open Access

William Caraher

Online Necrology

Khaled al-As’ad, 1934–2015

Open Access

Andreas Schmidt-Colinet

Book Reviews

Open Access

Reviewed by P. Nick Kardulias

Open Access

Reviewed by Eric M. Moormann

Open Access

Reviewed by Andrew Stewart

Open Access

Reviewed by Philip Sapirstein

Open Access

Reviewed by Peter J. Holliday

Open Access

Reviewed by Olivier Hekster

Open Access

Reviewed by Ine Jacobs

Books Received

Description: The American Journal of Archaeology, published by the Archaeological Institute of America, was founded in 1885 and is one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished and widely distributed archaeological journals. The AJAreaches more than 50 countries and almost 1,000 universities, learned societies, departments of antiquities, and museums. It is published quarterly in print and digital formats. TheAJA regularly publishes open access content on its website.

The “Moore Bede” is now online

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Moore Bede (MS Kk.5.16)

Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum (HE) is the earliest surviving account of English history. Its central theme is the conversion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms to Christianity and the establishment of the English Church. It was Bede’s last major work; he finished writing it in 731, and died a few years later on 25 May 735.

This manuscript is the earliest extant copy of Bede’s History, and may well have been copied at his own monastery, at Wearmouth or Jarrow, within a few years of his death, perhaps as early as 737. It is usually called theMoore Bede because, prior to entering the collections of the University of Cambridge in 1715 as a gift from George I, it had been owned by John Moore, bishop of Ely (1707–1714). Moore had acquired it sometime between 1697 and 1702, and before that it had been in…

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A new network for the Study of Glossing

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slider02-1041x395Check out the new Network for the Study of Glossing site.

Glossing was a widespread cultural practice wherever books were being read, studied and taught, from western Europe to East Asia. Glossing fulfilled a variety of functions, including translation, guided reading, textual interpretation, education, and transmission of knowledge. Glosses—whether words or symbols—also reflect complex interactions between a wide variety of languages, from local vernaculars to international languages of high prestige.

Despite the huge number of glossed manuscripts that survive and their rich evidence for cultural and linguistic traditions, the field of glossing research remains underdeveloped. Much of the primary evidence has never been properly studied; we lack good interpretative frameworks; and exchange between different scholarly disciplines remains at a very early stage.

The purpose of this network is to promote more and better collaboration between specialists in the field. Click here for more information.

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New Digitisation Project launched by the British Library

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Starting this summer the British Library will collaborate with another major research library on an exciting new project to enhance access to and promote 800 pre-1200 Latin manuscripts, half of which are held by the British Library. There will be three fixed-term posts in the Ancient, Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage department to work on this project.

Read the whole story here.

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Stories from the grave: audiobook reveals 1,000 years of lost Irish history

A new storytelling project about life through death in medieval Donegal, Ireland, is out. It’s called “Ballyhanna, Stories from the Grave” and it’s an audiobook, produced by Abarta Audioguides on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Ballyhanna Research Project,  a companion to the new publication: “The Science of a Lost Medieval Gaelic Graveyard, The Ballyhanna Research Project”.

The Ballyhanna Research Project is a cross-border collaborative research project that was established to investigate a medieval church and burial ground on the outskirts of Ballyshannon in County Donegal. The audiobook gives an account of the archaeological excavation of a forgotten graveyard which contained the burials of over 1,200 individuals, representing over 1,000 years of history. The remains of these individuals were scientifically studied by the Ballyhanna Research Project, whose remarkable findings are now detailed in the new publication.


The site was lost from local knowledge for centuries, rediscovered in 2003 and subsequently excavated. One of the primary aims of the project is to show how scientific research may aid our interpretations of archaeology and reveal new insights into past societies. The project research tells us about this community through death and burial traditions, and by examining these aspects, it also tells us about the people that lived in this medieval community, who, over the course of a millennium, were laid to rest in a small graveyard by the banks of the River Erne.

The chapters of this audiobook are broken into tracks, with each track discussing a particular aspect of the story of Ballyhanna. Five of these tracks are written from the first-person perspective of individuals whose remains were discovered during the excavation, or who were likely to have lived and worked at Ballyhanna in the past. These first-person accounts are fictional, but attempt to recreate their time, surroundings and lives, based on the information retrieved during the excavation and analysis, and from contemporary historical records.

This new archaeology audiobook, Ballyhanna; Stories from the Grave, is available free on Abasta Audioguides website and SoundCloud.

Please find more info here.


News: Manuscript Collaboration Hub

Please visit the Manuscript Collaboration Hub, a forum for the study of collaborative practices in the production of medieval manuscripts.


The blog will serve as a hub for scholars working on collaborative manuscript production practices in the medieval period (scribal collaboration, collaboration between other medieval book artisans). The website will feature blog posts on issues concerning the production of medieval manuscripts, a bibliography and a directory of scholars working in the field. It will also list events on manuscripts studies and medieval book production. The idea for this blog originated at the Manuscript Collaboration Colloquium, Oxford on 10 June 2015.

News: Medieval Dublin XV


Medieval Dublin XV
Seán Duffy, editor

This volume contains reports on a number of important archaeological excavations in the Dublin area in recent years, including: Claire Walsh’s discovery of a medieval property plot at Back Lane, which contained the remains of Hiberno-Norse and Anglo-Norman houses; Paul Duffy’s excavations at Baldoyle that produced evidence of metalworking, cereal processing, animal husbandry and coastal foraging from the Viking Age onwards; and Edmond O’Donovan’s discovery of a large early Christian cemetery at Mount Gamble in Swords. To accompany his detailed report on the latter the volume includes an important study of the ecclesiastical and political history of the Swords area written by the late Ailbhe MacShamhráin. Also of note: Matthew Stout reconsiders the evidence for Dublin’s situation vis-à-vis the road network of ancient Ireland; Pat Wallace discusses the role of women in Viking-Age Dublin; Daniel Brown has a fascinating account of what happened in…

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